• DEA Helicopter Swoops in During Red Ribbon Week

    The last week of October marked Red Ribbon Week across the district. The message to “Be Drug Free” rang through the schools with various spirit days, activities and guest speakers encouraging students to stay in school and off of drugs.

    Several schools, including Austin, Cottonwood Creek, Denton Creek, Mockingbird, CMS East and CMS North, invited a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) helicopter and flight crew to their campuses. The crew defined drugs and their dangers, and allowed the students to see the helicopter on land and in flight.

    The crew shared the history of Red Ribbon week, which began in 1988 in honor of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, the slain DEA officer. The Red Ribbon campaign continues today, as it originally began, as an opportunity to inform children of the dangers of drugs and encourage them to continue toward their bright futures.

    “This was a great experience for the students and staff at Mockingbird,” said Pam Mitchell, Mockingbird Elementary Principal. “Most of my students had never heard of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Now they've been able to learn about another sector of law enforcement with the added bonus of seeing their helicopter.”